At a Sessions there held On the 1st. and 2d. of June 1677.
Being a true Relation of the Tryal and Condemnation of the grand Highway-man that Robbed the 2 Ministers near Uxbridg.
With the Tryal of the Midwife for pretending to be deliverd of a stone dead Child,
With the Tryal of the two Searchers that were her Confederates.
And all other considerable Transactions there, with the number of those Condemned to die, burnt in the hand, to be Transported and Whipt.
With Allowance. Ro. L'Estrange.
LONDON: Printed for D.M. 1677.
The first Tryal was of a young fellow that on the 25. of May last came early in the morning to drink with one of his Acquaintance, and afterwards the same forenoon came again all alone by himself, call'd for a Pot of drink and must needs have a Cup to drink out of, they brought him a silver Beaker valued at 35 Shillings, he pretended to wait for his friend, lingered away sometime, but at last spying an opportunity when the Maid of the house was gone into the Stables, stole the plate and left his reckoning to pay , he made several slight ridiculous Excuses, as that he was drunk, that his friend came and took it away, &c. but confessed he himself offered the plate to sale, and thereupon was found Guilty .
The next was a pickpocket who on the 2. of May seeing a young maiden dancing with the Milkwoman made shift to steal a box and 21 shillings 6. pence in money out of her Pocket , and according to method, forthwith delivered it to a boy his Confederate, who immediately ran away and is not yet taken. But our young practitioner was not so much Mr. of Art as to
A young Girl of St. Giles Cripplegate parish was Indicted for stealing at several times 3 ounces of their silver Plate , she very sorrowfully confest the Fact, and declared that 2 apple women that received it of her prompted and encouraged her to it saying, 'tis a good Girl get some more, The Jury found that value under 10 pence so that shes only like to be whipt , But her wicked deducers deserve a severer Punishment.
In Middlesex was Arraigned a Highway-man formerly as he pretended belonging to the Guard, but now prisoner to the fleet, but being not in Execution upon bail had favour or I know not how, got his Liberty, which he made this ill use of, viz. having got a confederate not yet taken being both well mounted about 3 miles on this side Uxbridge between 9 and 10 a clock inthe Evening they happened upon 2 Ministers , of whom one had a man with a sword by his side they had Vizor masks on their faces, and riding by cryed good night sirs but forthwith turned back and one setting a pistol to the foremost ministers breast Dam ye deliver your money was the word , The parsons being both unarmed and by their office Ambassadors of peace Answer'd very complyingly assuring them they had but very little money but the servingman being a sturdy fellow forthwith drew his sword, which the highwaymen perceiving rode up to him, and a fierce conflict began between them for almost a quarter of an hour the fellow driving them both
Victualer in St. Giles in the fields was Arraigned for killing a Woman by beating her when she came to pay restitution of her goods, which he had seized being her Landlord , and at the same time cast her Husband into Goal for Rent. It was proved, That he did fling her down and beat her, but she lived above a quarter of a year after, viz. from the 28 of December to the 5. of May, That on Candlemas day she was delivered of a Child, which lived 9 or 10 days. There was some discourse that she was afterward delivered of several parts of a dead Child, but that did not sufficiently appear, nor any positive proof that she died of this beating, but rather circumstances to the contrary. Upon all which, after many Witnesses heard on his behalf, the prisoner was acquitted .
After this was the Tryal of a Midwife of the Parish of St. Giles Cripplegate , who was Indicted by her self, and immediately after two very aged poor women being Searcher s towards Wapping Indicted jointly for murdering a certain male Child by choaking the same with their hands, &c. Some account has already been given in Print of this business, but very false and imperfect, upon full Evidence it appeared only to be thus. This Midwife whether to satisfie her Husband (as she now alleadges) who was very Impatient to have a child, or whether it were to preserve her credit in her imploy which she thought somwhat prejudiced by the imputation of barrenness, I cannot say, but so it was she resolved to pretend to have a Child, in order hereunto by wearing a small Pillow, &c. she had perswaded many of her neigh
A Gentleman Indicted as accessary to the killing of a Man in St. Margarets Westminster , on the 23 of August , in the 26 year of the Raign of our soveraign Lord King Charles the second, on the whole matter it appearing that there was no prepensed Malice; there could be nothing but accessary to Manslaughter be charged you him.
A person of white Chappel was arraigned for Murdering another Man with an half-pike , The case appeared to be thus A quarrel arising between the prisoner and his Wife, and he pursuing her to beat her; A certain Tub-man going by, concern'd himself do far as to expostulate with the husbandenquiring why he so much abused his wife, whereupon the now prisoner in a rage taking in his hand an half pike run at the said Tub-man, and by an unlucky pass kil'd him upon the place, several other petty Circumstances there were which we here think not necessary to mention, on
A young Man Arraigned for betraying the trust reposed in him by his Master and defrauding him of certain pieces of plate , contrary to the form of the Statute, was found Guilty according to the Act, the sum charged was about 18 pound.
There are two Men and a Woman Condemn'd to Die, Eight burnt in the Hand, and Seven to be Whipt.